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#1 of 10 Old 02-16-2008, 12:54 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Is this a sign of something wrong with the digestion?

I ask because a kid we know, about 18 months, has quite a gut. DD doesn't have it and their diets are different. DD is still mostly breastfed, but gets some solids while the other one is weaned (self-weaned, pregnant mom and low supply issues) and takes cow's milk.
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I asked this same question awhile back (a year or so). I know a couple kids with what I consider to be awful diets, and big poochy tummies. Most of the people that responded to me said they have kids with big tummies too and it's completely normal... I still wonder if it is a kid by kid basis though.
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I've had two slim toddlers, one belly and one jumbo belly and they've all eaten the same and nursed well past toddlerhood.
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I recently read that this is normal because toddlers eat more than their belly size so it bulges out.
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My DD has a big belly. She also has some constipation issues but it is big even after she poops.

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Big bulging bellies can be a sign of gluten intollerance. My son looked like one of those little children on the 3rd world country shows. Skinny skinnny with a huge belly. Took him off all wheat and it's gone. He's plumped up everywhere and the belly is smaller.
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babygrant, do you have any sources where I can look into this further? It sounds totally possible to me. I'm not doubting you; I would just like to know more. Thanks!

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i think it depends...i've noticed that there are times when i'm not eating as healthy and my belly pooches out waay more than it does when i am eating better.

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funny, my 3rd (23 months)had a distended belly (more so than usual) and it was from gluten.
her tummy was not at all pliable when rubbed, and her belly button was inside out.
it took 24hrs to pass -after gentle massaging and lots of water.
I always thought toddle tummies would be kinda big anyway- but soft.

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I've read both things, that it's normal and healthy and that it's a sign of intolerance or nutrition issues. I think it can be both, depending on the kid. My dd is gluten intolerant, but removing allergens from her diet really didn't do much to remove the belly, but growing up sure did.
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